First-Gen Program

FirstGenPitzerCollege_wordmark-01IGLAS has contributed to the First-Gen Program since the summer of 2015 initially funding an initiative to outreach to first-year students who are first in their families to attend Pitzer. The effort was coordinated by Professor Roberta Espinoza (Sociology) and Maria Melendrez ’16.  Their efforts last summer included a postcard introducing students to the First-Gen community, a welcome letter with a laptop sticker listing the events that would be held in the fall semester, a phone call to students before move-in day, a family welcome reception during move-in day and a welcome dinner at the beginning of the 2014 semester. It also set the stage for the inaugural IGLAS First-Gen Intern position that was held by Maria Melendrez ’16 in the 2015-16 academic year. This coming academic year (2016-17), it will be held by Maite Cortes-Garcia ’17.

Program Components

Welcome Receptions
Information Sessions
Study Breaks
Senior Recognition Dinner
Mentor Program
First-Gen Intern (see below)
Faculty-Student Lunches (new initiative coming soon)
Newsletter (new initiative coming soon)


Events for Spring 2017

Financial Aid Info Session: Sunday, February 5th at 3:00pm in the Gold Student Center Multipurpose Room
Senior Recognition Dinner: April (exact date TBD) in McConnell Founders Room

Events for Fall 2016

Family Move-In Day Welcome: Saturday, August 20th at 3:00pm in the Gold Student Center Multipurpose Room
First-Gen Welcome Dinner: Tuesday, September 13th at 5:30pm in McConnell Founders Room
Cupcake Study Break: Sunday, September 25th at 3:00pm in Prof. Roberta Espinoza’s Faculty-In-Residence apartment
Study Abroad Info Session: Thursday, October 20th at 12:15pm in Prof. Roberta Espinoza’s Faculty-In-Residence apartment
Career Services Info Session: Sunday, November 6th at 3:00pm in Prof. Roberta Espinoza’s Faculty-In-Residence apartment
Gingerbread House Decorating Study Break: Sunday, December 4th at 3:00pm in Gold Student Center Patio

Maite Cortes Garcia ’17
IGLAS First-Gen Intern

Maite grew up in Fortuna, California. While at Pitzer, Maite has served as a Diversity Committee Senator on the Pitzer Student Senate, First-Generation Mentor, Summer Science Immersion Program Mentor, STEM tutor, member of Improving Dreams, Equality, Access, and Success (IDEAS) at the Claremont Colleges, Latinx Student Union, and STEM teacher at local high schools. As a Human Biology major, Maite has become passionate about the intersection of sociology, anthropology, and science and hopes to change inadequate health-care services towards historically marginalized communities by becoming a physician.

Page last updated on December 13, 2016